Beth became one of our EBO Stars for helping to inspire the next generation.

In August 2015 we held our first "Strive2Thrive" event in Gosforth, where 16 students aged 14-16 from two Newcastle schools spent three days with us to kick-start their thinking about life after school.

They learnt how to write a great CV, practised job interviews and got lots of practical tips about money, and about health and wellbeing. They also found out more about the world of business along the way.

The post-its filled in by the students were packed with positive comments, such as “Your background does not have to affect your future - you can make it if you try.” and “I feel more positive about the future. Not scared.”

Beth made this brilliant event happen, working with lots of other local businesses, including Northumbria University and Virgin Active, and more than 30 Virgin Money volunteers.